Scottish Modernism (1956)

MACDIARMID, Hugh [GRIEVE, Christopher Murray]

A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle

Published: Edinburgh: Castle Wynd Printers Limited

Date: 1956

Third edition (with the author's note and text from the first edition of 1926, plus the author's note and introduction by David Daiches from the second edition of 1953). 8vo, pp. viii, 116. Flexible red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine, single blind-ruled border to upper board. Corners lightly bruised. Top edge lightly spotted, else, clean and tidy. In poor original DJ (with clear archival Melinex cover) – losses to spine, covers separated, sticker residue to front cover. But, still, the title and caricature to front cover remain intact. This new edition was published to celebrate the poet's 65th birthday the following year, and in uniform editions with four of his other works. Running to 2685 lines, MacDiarmid's third collection is a clashing, passionate modernist epic in his 'synthetic Scots'; a clear articulation (though purposely obscure) of his stance on the possibilities of Scots as a language for literary expression. Includes a glossary. Rare in DJ.

Condition
Very Good/ Poor

Binding
Hardcover

£18

Offered by Quair Books